An initiative of the National Council for Workforce Education, the Sustainability Education and Economic Development Center (SEED) supports community colleges and their partners with curriculum and resources to transform educational programs for a sustainable future.

Careers in Climate Control Technology (HVAC/R)

The Careers in Climate Control Technology map explores an industry exploding with job opportunities in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration technologies (HVAC/R), describing diverse occupations across the industry, charting possible progression between them, and identifying the sorts of credentials necessary to do them well.

This interactive map is designed for a broad audience including educators, career-advisors, job-seekers, employers, policy-makers, and workforce professionals. It demonstrates the breadth of the HVAC/R industry, some of its critical occupations, and the multitude of advancement routes (over 150!) between jobs and sectors. The map also includes a section on “green” jobs within the industry; these jobs have a mission to design, build, and operate high-quality, healthier, and more energy-efficient homes and commercial and industrial buildings.

The Careers in Climate Control Technology map was developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council in conjunction with Santa Rosa Junior College and a panel of Subject Matter Experts from across the HVAC/R industry. This group of experts convened at Laney College, to identify, organize and articulate the top 40 jobs in the sprawling and complex HVAC/R industry. Inspiration for the Careers in Climate Control Technology map came from the Solar Career Map developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. in 2013 with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative.

November 9, 2023